Black Baza - Aviceda leuphotesThe bazas, Aviceda, are a genus of bird of prey in the Accipitridae family. The genus has a widespread distribution from Australia to southern Asia and across to Africa. The bazas are sometimes known as cuckoo-hawks. A prominent crest is a feature of the bazas. They have two tooth-like indentations on the edge of the upper bill.
Beautiful shot of a raven in flight. Tuft of feathers on beak, shimmer in feathers, pointed wings, appears to be raven (rather than crow) sized, with a curved (rather than crow's straight) beak, but I don't know if ravens ever have a hooked beak. The photographer reports the "gluck" sound of a raven (not the "caw" of a crow).
The Raven | And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door; And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming, And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor; And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor Shall be lifted - nevermore! POe
Indian Pitta (Pitta brachyura) The 20 cm Indian Pitta is a small bird which occurs in many parts of the country. Its brilliant colors light up the dark and wet forest understory in which it leads a shy existence. Pitta is derived from Telegu which means a small bird. The chirp of these birds can generally be heard in the morning and in the dusk. Because of the timing of their calls, these birds are also called as six-o-clock birds in Tamil.
Forest Owlet Photograph courtesy Jayesh K. Joshi via The World's Rarest Birds A picture of central India's forest owlet earned fourth place in the "critically endangered or extinct in the wild" category. The species lives in a severely fragmented forest habitat that continues to be destroyed, according to the nonprofit BirdLife International.